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Read an Ebook Week

Read an Ebook Week
Read an Ebook Week

What is Read an Ebook Week?

I’ll just let dat Smashwords place explain Read an Ebook Week! <3 Loki

From Smashwords:

Read an Ebook Week is an international celebration of ebooks in which thousands of authors, publishers and retailers feature free and discounted ebooks to help promote the joys of e-reading to the world’s readers.  Each year, Smashwords authors are the most active participants, and our store features the largest selection of participating titles.  It’s a fun promotion, because the more the participating authors promote their involvement, the more readers then go on to discover new Smashwords authors.  It’s writers-helping-writers at its finest.

The catalog goes live at one minute past midnight on March 2 Pacific time, and expires 11:59pm on March 8.

Free Loki books on Smashwords all week

One Cat and Best Friends are FREE on Smashwords with code RW100
One Cat and Best Friends are FREE on Smashwords with code RW100

Visit Smashwords to gt my books FREE for any device, including regular ol’ computers, during “Read an Ebook Week”.

Go directly to One Cat: Friendship doesn’t end at the Rainbow Bridge

Go directly to Best Friends: Two kitties have a year’s worth of playdates

Visit and stay up to date on my Author Page.

Use code RW100 for both of them!

(I expect da code works for gifting, too, if you want to sends ebooks to yoo furreinds bai email. They usually do. Click the Give as a Gift button and enter a friend’s email address and the code.)

What about Amazon?

Get the Kindle edition of One Cat FREE with the purchase of the paperback on Amazon.com.
Get the Kindle edition of One Cat FREE with the purchase of the paperback on Amazon.com.

NEW! You can get One Cat for Kindle FREE and start experiencing it instantly with the purchase of the paperback through Amazon.com. (Be sure to get the paperback first! If you’re one of the early adopters of the second edition paperback, go back to Amazon and claim your free Kindle copy!)

Recommended!

Hundreds of authors are giving discounts on thousands of books. I lubbed dis one, Something to Curse About. Is about a psychic detective who investigating a missing dog case dat turns into somefing to do wif werewolves. And den it gets bigger that dat. Dat all I gonna tells you!

50% off a GREAT DEAL! Second in da series but yoo don’t need to have readed da first one to get wat going on. (But if yoo want da furst one, and yoo will if yoo read da second, iz Arcane Solutions.)

Happy reading!

Loki (≚ᄌ≚)

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I was Wrong! You Can make Reasonably-Priced Picture Books on Demand

One Cat on Amazon
One Cat on Amazon

Howlo! Iz Loki. We just gotted second edition of One Cat out on Amazon, Amazon.co.uk and other Amazon European outlets for less than half da price of da first edition– so I thought I’d have da Primate write about da color and quality differences between Lulu and Amazon.

<3 Loki

 

From the Primate: I was Wrong

I was wrong! It turns out it is possible to create a reasonably-priced color picture book on demand.

I avoided researching CreateSpace because a few years ago when I tried working with Amazon’s publishing service it was overwhelmingly pushy and spammy. (I’m not sure it was even called CreateSpace at the time, but it left a bad taste.)

I had already decided not to go with Lightning Source any more. Their service and quality is great but their claim you can get into bookstores is a little misleading. You CAN, but it’s unlikely to happen at bookstores that only order what they think they can sell, and everything I made on Amazon I lost on unsold returns and the annual listing fee. Other people and other genres might have better experiences, of course, but it didn’t work for me.

The embarrassing high price of my Lulu paperback forced me to try again, and it turns out the Amazon/CreateSpace price for a color paperback is less than half what it costs at Lulu. It’s even less than the Black and White edition I made just so I could have something at a reasonable price!

Half price? Sort of….

In order to get it that low I had to turn off distribution to libraries, schools, bookstores and other retailers. This cut the price by about $7 a copy. I may experiment with a “Library Binding” edition, but I don’t expect much to come of that so it will have to wait until I have less work to do.  The One Cat ebook is free for libraries so I’m not too concerned about the print edition right now.

As far as the book itself, they are virtually identical, but there are slight differences that may or may not be of interest to some people.

Lulu’s Contrast vs. Amazon’s Saturation

Lulu's Cover vs. CreateSpace's Cover
Lulu’s Cover vs. CreateSpace’s Cover

The new edition from Amazon has a higher saturation (more color) making the purples more pinkish, and a lower contrast between tints and shades. That white spot in the clouds on the cover of the Lulu edition is not glare from the overhead light, it’s the sunlight reflecting off the clouds in my cover painting. It got washed out in the CreateSpace edition.

Lulu vs. Amazon Rainbow
Lulu vs. Amazon Rainbow

The encroaching rainbow is brighter in the Amazon/CreateSpace edition. I prefer the subtle one but others may prefer it to pop.

What Happened to the Spine Text?

No Spine Text on Amazon
No Spine Text on Amazon

Amazon doesn’t allow spine text on books smaller than 100 pages. If it’s there, they edit it out. That was a surprise.

Interior Paper Quality

Warm white paper at Lulu, Cold white paper at Amazon
Warm white paper at Lulu, Cold white paper at Amazon

The Lulu book uses a higher weight, hot-press paper in a true/warm white, meaning it’s thicker, smoother, and provides a better contrast. Amazon’s paper is a slightly lower weight cold-press with bluing. It feels more like the paper in a regular (non-picture) book, or like a thick printer paper.

Bluing gives it a cold-white appearance. If you’ve compared cold-white and warm-white lightbulbs, you might get an idea of the difference between the whites. The higher color saturation at CreateSpace is probably necessary to offset the cold white.

The difference in paper weight won’t be noticeable to most people. The 64-page First Edition from Lulu weighs 7.6 ounces. The 66-page Second Edition from Createspace/Amazon weighs 6 ounces. It doesn’t feel like one of those employee manuals made of bound copy paper, or anything. Both editions are durable and hefty.

What Would I Buy?

I think the Lulu book is superior, but I don’t think the advantages are worth paying twice what you might for the CreateSpace version, and some people do prefer extra saturation to extra contrast. I don’t make any more money on one or the other.

That being said, if I enter any contests or send it as a gift I’ll be getting the Lulu version, but if I had a choice to buy someone else’s book off of either CreateSpace or Lulu, I’d likely pick CreateSpace.

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